MPCA, Cherry Health Receive State Funds for AmeriCorps Work

LANSING–The Michigan Primary Care Association AmeriCorps (HealthCorps) program and MPCA member Cherry Health (Grand Rapids) were recipients last month of federal grants earmarked to benefitting local communities. The MPCA with 15 HealthCorps members received $239,759 while Cherry Health’s 20-member AmeriCorps program received $555,170, as both organizations will use the money for healthy futures with their communities in mind.

“I would like to sincerely thank Governor Whitmer for recognizing the impact of the MPCA AmeriCorps HealthCorps members and the work that they do,” stated MPCA AmeriCorps Program Administrative Specialist Karen Goucher. “We have been able to serve over 6,500 Michiganders in just the last six months with healthcare, resources and health education.  With the governor’s investment of additional funds for our program, we will be able to place more members throughout Michigan and have an even larger impact on the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Community Service Commission will receive $13.4 million in federal funds to support over 1,100 Michigan AmeriCorps members who work hand in hand with organizations across the state to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.

“Today’s AmeriCorps investments will help us grow Michigan’s economy and ensure every community can thrive,” said Gov. Whitmer. “These investments – and the over 1,100 dedicated AmeriCorps members who will serve those in need and address critical challenges – will continue to make a tremendous impact in communities in every region of Michigan. Together, let’s help our working families and resilient communities thrive.”